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As the sixth largest merchant fleet in the world, the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) represents German maritime shipping in Berlin,...

Provisional agreement on EU emissions trading for shipping

German Shipowners welcome the provisional agreement on EU emissions trading for shipping

For the sake of endangered whales: VDR recommends two detours to members

Collaboration with environmental NGOs / Endangered sperm whales off Greece and blue whales off Sri Lanka / Official request to shipping...

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Shipping in numbers

  • 90 percent

    of global trade is transported by sea: without shipping there would be virtually no exchange of goods in the world

  • Only just over two percent

    shipping accounts for just over two percent of global CO2 emissions. And while maritime trade continues to grow, emissions are declining

  • 1,917 ships

    belong to the German merchant fleet - making it the sixth largest in the world

  • 45.6 percent

    Almost half of the ships in the German fleet sail under the flag of an EU member state

  • More than 600

    young people start training on land or on board in the German shipping industry every year

  • 2nd place

    in container shipping: Germany has the second-largest fleet of container ships after China

  • 80 percent

    of German shipping companies have fewer than ten ships – most are small and medium-sized enterprises, closely rooted in their region

  • More than 100

    shipping companies exist in Lower Saxony alone – the largest location in Germany. This is followed immediately by Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Bremen

  • By at least 50 percent

    Shipping aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 50 percent by the middle of the century compared to 2008 – this will require new fuels

Press & Publications

The VDR offers you numerous graphics and data material from the areas of labor and value creation, the German merchant fleet, shipping...
The award-winning association magazine "Deutsche Seeschifffahrt" is published 4 times a year. The most important topics of...